Breaking ball that got away, or spiked splitter with a little bit of English on it? You be the judge! Jose Altuve struck out and ripped a double in his first two plate appearances on Monday, after ducking Houston's opener this weekend along with his other implicated teammates. When he got to the plate for the third time in this one, though, his foot met baseball in impactful fashion.
By all accounts, this was an accident, but there are zero guarantees that'll be the case once the curtain rises on the regular season. Every Astro is going to have to be on notice, but fair or not, Altuve has become the poster boy for flaunting the rules, with the video of his muted, jersey-centric celebration after drilling a World Series-initiating walk-off against Aroldis Chapman drawing plenty of ire.
Might be time to go to the plate in armor for Game 2.